During the research and development stage, Adam James developed a new performance to be staged in forests, which explored the cultural belief systems and rituals of a fictional isolated people, living in a pagan, folklore-inspired wild woodland. Utilising parallels between performance art and LARP (live action role-playing) he developed the use of LARP game mechanics as a means to generate choreographic content. James led a troop of volunteer performers to LARP workshop his performance proposal in Sherwood Pines Forest. They learned bushcraft skills, built and lived in their own shelters, developed their own language, ate, played and performed together.
For the exhibition at Jerwood Space, London, James presented a series of performances, expanding on the invented social structure developed during the research and development period.
James graduated from the Royal College of Art, MA Fine Art in 2007 having studied BA Printmaking at the University of Brighton. He tutors at UCA and London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, and has recently exhibited in the group show LUPA 15, London, 2013; and participated in The Will Gompertz Fringe, boyleANDshaw, ICA, London, 2013.